- a mound of earth pushed up by or formed near the edge of a glacier, found in alpine and arctic areas.
Origin of palsa
1940–45; (< G) < Swedish pals(e) < Finnish palsa peat knob in a bog, hillock in the tundra < Lappish
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A tree (palsa, the scarlet butea) bent down its branches and overshadowed her, and Buddha came forth.The Influence of Buddhism on Primitive Christianity
On the very spot where Amr had reclined, he perceived a lotos-leaf and a palsa flower laid together.